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” Sam Hill : The Purpose “

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SAM HILL & SHOWBIZ keep it strictly Bronx on a recent collabo “The Purpose”, from the upcoming HARDCORE RIGHTEOUSNESS album due out sometime this year..


” Blaq Poet : Declare War “

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That dude from Queensbridge BLAQ POET returns with some newness on the recently released track “Declare War”…I’m not sure if him and Preemo will link again, but I’m excited to see what he has up his sleeves for 2018…

PEEP-


” Bossa Nova Morale “

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Palo Santo Discos brings the Brazilian goodness on this strictly 7 inch mix “60s Bossa Compactos V”. Summer is not quite over so grab a cool beverage, tilt your chair back a little bit, peep this session and get in the right mind frame to absorb these ultra rare Brazilian scorchers !!!

“DJ, crate digger and VF Home Grown alumni Palo Santo Discos has dipped back into his bag of Brazilian 7″s to share the fifth instalment of his Brazilian mix series, ’60s Bossa Compactos V.

The follow up to the last session earlier this year, the mix features rare and overlooked music alongside recordings from major Brazilian samba, bossa and jazz labels like Elenco and Copacabana.

As he said of his record collection, “I’m most proud of my bag of Brazilian 7’s because a lot of them I’ve found in Rio de Janeiro and they are not findable online. The picture covers are beautiful too.”

Tracklist:

1. Ivon Cury – So (Polydor)
2. Tite de Oliveira – Cancao Do Infinito (Villela Santos)
3. Agenor Ribeiro – Capitao De Areia (Philips)
4. Jose Orlando – Tristeza De Berimbau (Continental)
5. Carlos Jose – A Lenda Do Abaete (Continental)
6. Jose Tobias – Canta Maria (Som Maior)
7. Luiz Carlos Sa – Inaia (RCA Victor)
8. Agostinho Dos Santos – Negro (RGE)
9. Carlos Magno – Sao Bento (Philips)
10. Trio Tambataja – Samba de Tostao (Copacabana)
11. Trio Seleno – Fica Mal Com Deus (Audio Fidelity)
12. Carminha Mascarenhas – O Garimpeiro (Ranger)
13. Nelsinho – Lamento Ao Mar (Continental)
14. Joao Do Vale – Eu Chego La (Philips)
15. Ary Lobo – Nega Sao (RCA Victor)
16. Grupo Manifesto – Sem Dor (Elenco)
17. Marcio Proenca – Rebolada Da Baiana (Sarau)
18. Francineth – Cambao (Copacabana)
19. Dinorah – Gata Angora (RCA Victor)
20. Inema Trio – Bossa Capoeira (RCA Victor)
21. Carminha Mascarenhas – Esta Saudade (Ranger)
22. Joran Coelho – Oracao De Um So (Chantecler)
23. Wilson Miranda – Mar Azul (Chantecler)


” Singapore Kane : 2018 “

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SINGAPORE KANE is back on the set with some 2018 momentum…PEEP.

“With the upcoming full-length “Steel Pulse, Metal Veins” just around the corner. Boston, MA lyricist Singapore Kane follows up “Karma (It’s Your Turn)” with another thought provoking narrative. Reunited with Purpose [Tragic Allies] on production, “Live Raggamuffin” touches on the highly relevant topic of people who are projecting a fraudulent self-image/lifestyle to the world, those not willing to make any real progress but telling stories about their money, success etc in attempts to manipulate perception. Singapore Kane espouses taking an unyielding mentality when handling your business, without looking to gain from others using duplicitous methods”.


” Casual Tone : Pre- Season Mix “

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Straight from the UK comes this mix of newer flavors from CASUAL TONE (Frozen Files).No track listing on this one, but do yourself a favor and check in duke !!!!


” DJ Cool V : Reading Is Fundamental “

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Awwwww man, DJ Cool V just dropped his book “Symphony” that any self respecting Hip Hop head will go out and cop !!!!!! This kinda dropped out of nowhere, but I’m going to do whatever I can to get my motherfucking hands on this..

PEEP….

“We are bred to survive in only a fraudulent space where critical reflection is criminal. True love is a poisonous repellent and therapy is a death sentence. Sincerity becomes foreign, and our existence so uncomfortable, we struggle with acceptance. The barricuda in us celebrates bondage, has reservations about adulation and no knowledge of how to receive a gift. We are socialized to view one another as disposable and to forget. Erase your memories because they have no value unless acknowledged by the dominate society, but I refuse.

There are individuals that come along and enhance who you are; I will not allow any of my inadequacies to dictate my recognition of them. The Symphony is a celebration of people that have positively affected me. When life is unbearable, recalling valuable memories stabilizes pain, giving you the power to keep pushing. This I pray is the reassurance my Artifaction 18 needs to know I truly acknowledge the importance of them in my life”.

Yours Truly,
Cut Master Cool V
THE SYMPHONY
A Cool V New Jersey Minute

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“Southern Vanguard : Kev Brown Heat “

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Even though Kev Brown has always been somewhat consistent and solid with his musical contributions, I never really checked for his releases to heavy…Maybe it was because the majority of it seemed to formulaic and predictable to my ears…

I recently tuned into the newest episode of SOUTHERN VANGARD (Eddie Meeks & Jon Doe) and they played 5 back to back joints from KEV’s upcoming album “Homework” that definitely caught my ear though….He sounds hungry, the beats are rocking, and the overall sound has more of a sense of urgency feel (Which I appreciate, I’m getting tired of all this slow tempo shit – I crave variation Ha Ha)…Tune in and peep the exclusive flavors (His new album drops tomorrow)…


” Body Rocking “

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If you need more groove morale in your life do the right thing….

“George “King of the Ivories” Moxey – legendary Caribbean pianist – the leading Jamaican dance music pianist since the 1930s recorded his only jazz album, backed by Ernest Ranglin’s trio, in the late 50s. Born in Nassau, the capital of Bahamas, Moxey moved to Jamaica in the 1930s where he formed and led an 8-piece band since 1939. His band played a big part in developing the local ballrooms and radio stations, therefore by the 1950s, he was a vital musician in Kingston music scene. This is lounge-style Caribbean jazz, with George accompanying himself, or backed by the Ernest Ranglin trio. The album includes plenty of traditional calypso and jazz standards, though it also contains solo piano and organ ballads as well”.

Piano & Organ – George Moxey

The Ernest Ranglin Trio:
Guitar – Ernest Ranglin

Produced by Ken Khouri
Recording Engineer – Richard Khouri
Musical Director – Ernest Ranglin

TRACKLIST-

1.The Breeze And I 04:45
2.Medley (a) Love You Truly (b) Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes 02:56
3.Medley (a) Mery’s Lamb (b) Grandfather’s Clock 04:38
4.C’est Magnifique 02:28
5.Sonata 01:57
6.Stardust Melody 05:28
7.I Love You Truly 01:19
8.Sol Tropical 06:04
9.Autumn Leaves 05:25
10.Medley (a) As Time Goes By (b) I Didn’t Know What Time It Was 05:41
11.I Hear A Rhapsody 02:17


” Hannibal Stax : The Honorable “

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In a perfect world DJ Premier would have produced HANNIBAL STAX’S first full length album instead of MARCO POLO (No offense to the Canadian beat smith, but the beats on “Seize The Day” fell flat in my opinion)…It’s a shame because over proper beats STAX is a straight up problem…

Back in 2013 he dropped the “Honorable” mixtape with PF Cuttin that is flooded with a high degree of rawness..Give it a listen if it slipped past your radar the first go-round troopers…

TRACKLIST-

01 PRIMO INTRO.aiff 03:18
02 ST8 SMASHING-H STAX,MARCO POLO 03:47
03 HOODTUFF FREESTYLE 01:02
04 BK ALL DAY FREESTYLE 01:53
05 LIVE & LET DIE-H STAX, MARCO POLO 02:36
06 LAST DAYZ FREESTYLE 01:32
07 PRIMO SPEAKS 2 00:31
08 SAME TEAM,NO GAMES-GANGSTARR feat. NYG’s,H STAX 03:32
09 SALUTE TO THE ILLKID 02:09
10 TRILOGY OF TERROR-AFURA,H STAX, GURU 04:05
11 FIELD NIGGA-H STAX,MARCO POLO 03:03
12 QWAP-H STAX,PF CUTTIN 03:29
13 PRIMO SPEAKS 3 00:30
14 WARRIORS DRUMS feat. TORAE-H STAX,MARCO POLO 03:47
15 REGARDLESS-H STAX, MIKE RONE 03:24
16 PRIMO SPEAKS 4 00:25
17 IT’S A SET UP-GANGSTARR feat. H STAX 03:13
18 GET OF THE GROUND-H STAX, PF CUTTIN 01:11
19 PRIMO SPEAKS 5 00:28
20 PROPER DOSAGE 03:23
21 TURNING POINT 03:36
22 PRIMO SPEAKS 6 00:23
23 AT IT AGAIN-H STAX, MARCO POLO 03:42
24 PRIMO OUTRO 01:03
25.25 DIRT FREESTYLE 02:05


” DJ Quest 2018 “

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It’s always a nice surprise to see innovative DJ’s from 90’s still wrecking shop in this era…For instance, on this 20 minute clip DJ QUEST (Bulletproof Scratch Hamsters / Space Travelers ) hits the decks with a barrage of doubles, scratches, blends and that special Bay area flavor that will perk your ears up..

Peace to GG-

“Quest, is also known for coining the term ‘Hamster Style’ which refers to the reverse set up of the turntables into the mixer. Today the term remains popular and it’s recognized by DJs world wide and every competent battle mixer has adopted the ‘Hamster’ feature (the reverse switch).

Presently, Quest is sharing his knowledge with his Quest School of DJ Arts, in collaboration with The DJ Project, a non-profit community based- organization which offers arts entrepreneurship programs that use music to engage young adults with a range of industry related subjects from DJing to audio and event production. In 2012, Quest wrote ‘The Beginner’s DJ Guide’. A hand book created for new enthusiast of the artform as an introduction to the fundamentals and roots and awareness of the true art-form of DJing among the general public.

In recent years, Quest has been dialing-in his composing skills and continues to record ‘scratch’ music. Some of his recent titles include “Scratch Breaks” 1 & 2, “Scratch 101”, “BreakFast Breaks”. Plus two full length albums”Questolous” and “Cosmic Parasite”, and a megamix containing classic and obscure electro “Elektro Flexx”.


” Live Squad / Young Gunz “

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WOW-

Peep the first broadcast of the “For The Culture” sessions and catch a heavy zone…

“On this episode of For That Culture Timbo (Host) is joined by Majesty of the legendary rap group Live Squad and original member of the notorious North Queens street crew the Young Gunz. He is also joined by other original members of the Young Gunz including “Dee Dee” and “Homicide”. They talk about the origins of Young Gunz, Live Squad, Big Stretch, E-Money Bags, 2pac, Biggie and much more”.


” Doc Delay : Rajaz Meter “

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If your on the hunt for some weekend morale- peep this explosive mix by DOC DELAY that deals with strictly Turkish breaks….Do yourself a favor and give it a listen!!!!

PEEP….


” Myerlansky ” Straight Razor “

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WU SYNDICATE was one of the better off shoot WU TANG affiliated groups to emerge from the mid to late 90’s in my opinion…JOE MAFIA & MYERLANSKY rocked very descriptive crime saga bars, battle tested lyrics, and a very hungry Virginia approach to their songs that still sound unique and solid today….On the once shelved “Straight Razor” album MYERLANSKY comes to the table with some joints that are worthy of rotation action !!!!

TRACKLIST-

01. Intro Myer Dolo
02. I-C-U- Lord feat. Range Rover
03. Jonis
04. Strait Razor
05. Bublen
06. Victory Allah
07. Skit: Convics/Murders
08. Serphant Bite feat. Range Rover
09. Nineteen Eighty
10. Poltergise
11. Truth
12. Mirrors

DOWNLOAD….


” Bob James : Submarine “

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It’s somewhat mind boggling that after producers have flipped BOB JAMES’s music for source material all these years, now in 2018 BOB finally incorporates Hip Hop and pays homage to the art form’s aesthetic on the new single “Submarine” from the upcoming album “Espresso” due out on Aug 31st…

“The funk strut of “Submarine” is a direct follow up to 1974’s “Nautilus” – one of the most heavily sampled songs in hip-hop. The classic sound perfectly blends in the fresh, complex, and rich textures from Espresso, which finds James sampling himself and recording over it. “Nautilus” samples range tracks from Jay Z, Tupac, Freddie Gibbs, 9th Wonder, and A Tribe Called Quest to Ghostface Killah, Slick Rick, Danny Brown, Wu Tang Clan, Mary J Blige, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, and many others.

The rest of the tunes, penned by James, reflect the same inventiveness and musical fluency that persuaded Quincy Jones to become his mentor and champion in 1963, after which he went on to work with Sarah Vaughan from 1965-1968, prior to his ground-breaking work as a producer and arranger for CTI. His expressiveness through both writing and performance permeates the rocking minor-key blues of “Bulgogi,” the definitive cool jazz of “Topside,” the whispered beauty of “Promenade,” the turbulent, more complex yet supremely listenable “Mojito Ride,” and every other moment on Espresso.

Whether creating and recording the unforgettable theme of TV’s Taxi or ascending to unlikely notoriety as a source of samples for hip-hop legends, James has already left an indelible imprint on American music and culture. Espresso makes it clear that his contributions will continue, and that his impact will only grow in years to come”.


” Jazzy J Rocks The 45’s “

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Leave it up to JAZZY J to drop a session full of ultra rare 45’s to jump start the week….Soul power, raw open drum breaks and all types of heat are thrown in to the foray….Enjoy..